There are NIV haters and they always like to find fault and doing so seems to be one of their main goals in life. Granted the NIV is far from perfect, but as brother Rippon recently pointed out, there are many, many places where the NIV is more literal. I do not like how the NIV takes away some deep meaning theological words, but then again words such as "he is the atoning sacrifice" sounds clearer in modern english over words like propitiation. I am not a expert in the languages as I am an evangelist. I am going to let Rippon and others defend the NIV in this thread.